District 287 Superintendent Search


It’s our goal to keep the District 287 community informed about the search process each step of the way.

Latest Update: 10-18-21
School Exec Connect (our hiring firm) presented the engagement feedback from staff, students, families, and member district stakeholders at the October 14 school board meeting. Check out the engagement feedback summary. The Board used the Racial Equity Impact Analysis Tool to approve the Superintendent Profile, which will support the search process. The communications plan to inform District 287 stakeholders of search process updates was presented.  Watch the superintendent search presentation on Youtube.


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FAQS

Do you have questions about the superintendent search process? Submit inquiries and we'll post responses weekly.

What is the search timeline?

  • September 15 to November 17, 2021: The position will be advertised, and candidates will be recruited.
  • September 21-October 9, 2021: Community engagement efforts
  • December 1, 2021: The Intermediate District Board and consultants will meet to review and select candidates for initial interviews.
  • December 2-3, 2021: The Board will interview four to seven recommended candidates.
  • December 3, 2021: The Board will narrow the field to two or three finalists.
  • December 6-8, 2021: Each finalist will be invited for an individual all-day interview process.

What does our community look for in a new superintendent?
School Exec Connect (our search partner) presented the engagement feedback from staff, students, families, and member district stakeholders at the October 14 school board meeting. View the engagement feedback summary. The Board used the Racial Equity Impact Analysis Tool to approve the Superintendent Profile, which will support the search process. Watch the superintendent search presentation on Youtube for more details.

When will the new superintendent be hired?
The interviews are on schedule to take place in the first two weeks of December 2021. The preferred candidate will be announced after the final interviews. The Board will then negotiate when the superintendent will start. Superintendent Lewandowski will retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Will there be more community engagement?
Yes. The community will be invited to be part of the interview process for the finalists. Subscribe to updates to learn about engagement opportunities.

Engagement Plan

The Intermediate District 287 School Board is seeking your input as we begin the important responsibility of hiring a new superintendent. View the engagement plan message from the District 287 School Board.

Superintendent Search: Family and Community Engagement

In-person Engagement Session
Monday, September 20, 2021, 6:30-8 p.m.
North Education Center
5530 Zealand Ave. N., New Hope 55428

Virtual Engagement Session
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 4-4:45 p.m,
Link: coming soon
Live closed captioning provided


A diverse group of District 287 facilitators will partner with our SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT team to engage the unique stakeholders that make up our diverse school district community.

To ensure that we gather as many diverse perspectives as possible, we will have affinity spaces available for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC community, and people who speak Spanish and Somali. Live closed captioning will be provided in public virtual meetings, as well as a live sign language interpreter upon request. Please email 287comm@district287.org if you wish to request an ALS interpreter, Somali interpreter, Spanish interpreter or have any other needs.

Our stakeholders will help to determine the strengths, challenges, and goals to achieve in our Intermediate School District and the characteristics or skills they would like to see in the new superintendent. Using stakeholder feedback, we will develop a profile of the desired skills and characteristics in the next superintendent.

More information about engagement sessions for students and staff will be shared once school starts. 

Community Updates

September 28, 2021: Engagement Survey  open through Oct 9

August 17, 2021: Engagement Plan

August 16, 2021: Superintendent Search: Share your views

July 15, 2021: Planning with the Search Firm - watch the meeting

June 29, 2021: Interviewing School Exec Connect - watch the meeting

June 14, 2021: Selecting a Superintendent Search Firm

June 10, 2021: Superintendent search School Board work session - watch the meeting

April 8, 2021: Superintendent search School Board work session - watch the meeting

February 25, 2021: Board work session with the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) | Hiring the Right Superintendent (booklet)

January 14, 2021: Superintendent Lewandowski to retire after 2021-2022 school year


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Message from Board Chair Regina Neville

Dear District 287 Community,

As Sandy transitions to retirement at the end of the next school year, I can sincerely say that we have had the “best of the best” and she will be greatly missed. Sandy is a courageous leader and a tireless advocate for our students. She embraces the critical need to strive for racial equity and to become a trauma-sensitive school district. Intermediate District 287 has grown because of her genuine care for our students, her steady leadership, and her development of an extraordinary team of educators. 

You may already know some of Sandy’s career highlights, like receiving the 2020 Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) and being named the 2015 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. I think we can all agree that her greatest achievement of all is the lasting impact on students’ lives.

While Sandy’s retirement is over a full school year away, the School Board will begin our process to search for and hire a new Superintendent this spring, giving us ample time for an effective transition. As the School Board discusses the transition, we will uphold these guiding principles:

  • Meeting the needs of our students
  • Ensuring that racial equity is central to the process
  • Inviting all stakeholders to have a voice in the process

We acknowledge there will be interest and questions as we begin our work. As plans and timelines are set over the next few months, we will continue to communicate with all those in the District 287 community. We also invite you to visit the District 287 website where updates will be provided throughout the process. 

Please join me in congratulating Sandy on her extraordinary legacy of leadership to District 287. 

Regina Neville
Board Chair, Intermediate District 287

Superintendent Transition

The School Board will begin searching for and hiring a new Superintendent in the spring of 2021, giving the District ample time for an effective transition. As the School Board discusses the transition, it will uphold these guiding principles:

  • Meeting the needs of students
  • Ensuring that racial equity is central to the process
  • Inviting all stakeholders to have a voice in the process

The School Board acknowledges there will be interest and questions as they begin their work. As plans and timelines are set, District 287 will continue to communicate with all those in the school district community.

This web page will be updated as more information is available about the Superintendent transition.

Become the next District 287 Superintendent

Interested candidates are encouraged learn more about Intermediate District 287 and apply though www.bit.ly/be287superintendent no later than November 19, 2021.